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Jason Aldean plays Cruzan Saturday

He's loud, and he's different, but Jason Aldean is also successful.

Aldean, who will play West Palm Beach Saturday, Sept. 7, has been bringing his rock edge to country music since 2005, when his first single, "Hicktown," reached No. 10 on the country chart. Each of his 19 singles has appeared on Billboard's Top 20, with five going all the way to No. 1, and none of them quietly.

"I love country music. That's why I'm in this business, because I love it," Aldean says in a phone interview. "And the way I do it is maybe a little edgier, maybe a little more on the rock side. But that's just the way I do it."

Aldean can be considered part of a triumvirate of country singers who leaped from opening act to arena headliner in the past two years, with Luke Bryan and Eric Church being the others. In fact, Bryan and Church appear with Aldean on a song on his new album, "Night Train."

"I think it's just kind of a new age in country music," Aldean says. "We have a lot of people who have been influenced not by country but a lot of other styles, and we bring a lot to the table. But that's what makes it cool, a lot of young acts bringing their own flavor. Taylor [Swift] lands on the pop side, and Church and I on the rock side."

Aldean has a bit of a Florida tie, having spent summers with his father in Homestead after his parents divorced when he was 3. His father was a weapons mechanic, and Aldean says his desire to be able to strum along with Dad motivated him to learn guitar.

Aldean moved to Nashville from Macon, Ga., in 1998, and was just days from moving back home when he agreed to play one more showcase, for Broken Bow Records. "I got signed by a little label that didn't have a lot going on," he recalls. "I knew it was up to me to make the best of it."

His careermaking album, "My Kinda Party," was the top-selling country album for 2011, according to Billboard. One single from that album, "Dirt Road Anthem," boasts a rap-influenced interlude — some people call it hick-hop — and the song was the best-selling ringtone across all genres for more than 15 weeks. Aldean's duet with Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay," pushed him into noncountry radio formats.

The current album is selling just as well. Country-rocker "Take a Little Ride" flew to No. 1, and the album also features "1994," a clever song weaving in lyrics by Joe Diffie. "Black Tears" captures the distress of a stripper beaten down by humiliation.

"We haven't backed ourselves into a corner with radio and fans where we said, 'OK, this is our thing. It's right here in this little box,'" Aldean says. "So now, I feel like if we do come out with something that is a little off-the-wall or left-of-center, it's really not that much of a head-scratcher. I've always wanted to leave myself open to try new things."

Jason Aldean

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Where: Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach

Cost: $25.50-$55.25

Contact: 800-745-3000 or

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